Son of Nothing
(All Album Reviews by Son of Nothing)
One of the most promising starts in the heavy music scene of the early nineties is of Louisiana’s Acid Bath, who served several varieties of hard rock to their gluttonous fans (that gave their music the LA swamp-core name). The band had a fascination with serial killers, death, zombies, sex, chainsaws, torture and what not. The debut When the Kite String Pops was produced by hardcore legend D.R.I's Spike Cassidy. And guess who did the artwork? The clown who killed in numbers, John Wayne Gacy. True to nature, Paegan Terrorism Tactics featured cover art from Mr. Suicide Assistant, Jack Kevorkian. Unfortunately Acid Bath's reign was cut short by the death of their bassist Audie Pitre in 1997 and two of the members went to form Agents of Oblivion. Guitarist Sammy Duet played in sludgsters Crowbar and most recently, in Goatwhore. Vocalist Dax Riggs' terrific delicate-psychedelia project is Deadboy and the Elephantmen. Check them out at http://www.deadboyandtheelephantmen.com. Really good stuff.
Paegan Terrorism Tactics offers a Sabbathy "Paegan Love Song", monster doom moments and black metallish shrieks in "Bleed Me a Song", "Locust Spawning", slow grunge "Graveflower" and a killer sensitive psycho-ballad "Venus Blue". "13 Fingers" is melodic death metal with skull-fucking guitar noise in the intro. It changes into a southern-fried Pearl Jam track! Haha. "New Corpse" is killer Euro-thrash. The acoustic trip "Dead Girl" features gorgeous vocals in the vein of Mark Lanegan with lyrics like:
"He asked if it would hurt
I smiled and said no
The lie ran down my chin like embryo
She smiles like a corpse
Like zombies eating dust in Mexico"
Dax Riggs is an amazing vocalist and the album is filled with great riffs. Paegan Terrorism Tactics isn't as intense as When the Kite String Pops but stands well on its own. If you think Tool, Soundgarden and the ilk are the end-all-be-all of emotional hard rock, be prepared to have your thoughts changed. Acid Bath will suck you into submission.